Commentary V4

Čaputová interested in Poland’s judicial reform

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová has held talks with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. They discussed security, the situation in the Ukraine, cooperation within the V4 countries and judicial reform in Poland.

At a joint press conference, the Polish host thanked the new Slovak President for starting her foreign visits with the V4 countries. They talked about the Three Seas initiative and the Polish President encouraged the Slovak counterpart to participate. 

The Slovak President emphasized that Polish-Slovak relations are not just economic, but are about common history and values. She emphasized that Poland was an inspiration for other Central European states when it leads on democratic reforms.

However, she stated that Slovakia’s integration with the EU was deeper than other V4 states and that the Presidential and European elections results in her country showed this. She emphasized this further by asking about judicial reforms in Poland, especially the role of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. 

The Polish President explained to her that the judicial reform in Poland was in answer to people’s concerns about the quality of judicial proceedings in his country. The disciplinary chamber was about ensuring transparency and accountability, argued Andrzej Duda. 

President Čaputová concurred that the challenges faced by the judicial system in Slovakia are similar, but said that it was important for the disciplinary system to “function as a mirror but without political pressures.”

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